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Oct 26, 2012 11:00pm EDT
that create jobs right here in ohio, right here in the united states of america. if mitt romney had been president when the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, we might not have an american auto industry today. we'd be buying cars from china instead of selling cars to china. >> so here is where we are. mitt romney's path to the presidency is almost impossible without ohio's 18 electoral votes. right now winning ohio is not looking good for romney. six ohio polls were released this week. five of them have president obama leading. one is tied. president obama's average lead in ohio is 2.3 points. that's a big lead, seriously. now families in northern ohio have not forgotten what the rescue of the automobile industry did for their state. one in eight ohio jobs are about the automobile industry. this is why mitt romney is doing everything he possibly can to downplay the impact of the auto rescue. his political director says the obama campaign dropped the auto bailout on us, but there's only so long you can ride that one trick pony. let me ask you this, folks. you think getting a
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 3:00am EDT
remind the world why the united states of america is the greatest nation on earth. >> mitt romney knows his chances of winning the presidency are slim without ohio, regardless of what the national polls say. romney scheduled multiple events in the state of ohio over the next several days as well as events in other swing states. he was in iowa today making the hard sell for voters to abandon president obama. >> i want to ask you for a commitment. that's for you to find one person who voted for barack obama last time and convince him to come our team. maybe more than one. i need your help to do that. >> romney is striking while the iron is hot. he's continuing to jab president obama in his stump speech. >> these are tough times with serious issues. so you have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving big bird. >> this new aggressiveness was influenced by those closest to home. romney's sons have taken a more creative role in crafting his campaign. josh romney showed the aggressive romney spirit today when he implied president obama was a liar
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 11:00am EDT
president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share that hope but hope is not a strategy. there will also be familiar themes that we expect to hear here. the significance of avoiding defense cuts, specifically referring to sequestration and could affect tens of thousands of people here in virginia specifically. the need to reinvest in the military and the significance of working closely with america's allies. a lot of these contrasts rhetorical more than actual contrasts and witness. he's been vague as some noticed about policy differences with the president but one place where he'll show a difference is on syria. more activist public position and suggesting that the rebels in that country's civil war to be armed and attack the president effectively prosecuting the terrorist attack as he'll describe it that led the death of four americans at the consulate there and libya and say among other things the attack on the consulate in benghazi was likely the work of the same forces that attacked our homeland on september 11th, one. he'l
MSNBC
Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
the president of the united states, we're going to rein back the regulations. we're not going to expand regulation. >> burdensome regulations serve only to restrict freedom and imperil enterprise. >> you see, last night as i watched the debate, many people that i work with, many people that i know in and around the country, were worried about whether the president was on his game. i was being ensuggested when someone can tell me something for 18 months and then tell me in one night the complete opposite, and i'm not going to get offended, when someone can tell me they're going to deregulate and then come back and tell me they're going to regulate, someone's going to tell me they'll take health care, they don't care about people with pre-existing conditions and then change it, when someone stands up and said i want state's rights on health care and everything else, women, minorities and others will hear health care and other things under states' rights and knowing we suffered under states' rights, no, others can talk about whether the president was on his game or not and maybe he
MSNBC
Oct 18, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. mitt romney's son, tag, wants to take a swing at the president of the united states. the disrespect keeps coming. tonight we'll show you who should really be in a fighting mood. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> what is it like for you to hear the president of the united states call your dad a liar? >> well, jump out of your seat, you want to rush down the debate stage and take a swing at him. >> the romney campaign is laughing those comments off. the president continues to hammer his opponent. >> he took another swing at it and he whiffed. >> tonight, michael eric dyson on the poor excuses for tagg romney's joke. >>> they brought us binders full of women. >> team romney tries to turn the page with women voters, but will it work? >> he totally gets working women. >>> the plutocrats continue to strong arm their employees to vote against their best interests. we'll play you the mitt romney tape. >> nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business. >>> the conservative meltdown over candy crowley may never end. >> he did, in
MSNBC
Oct 25, 2012 4:00am EDT
actually country that gets to elect the president of the united states. the combined population of this country is roughly 21% of the total population of the united states, but that conglomeration of states is who gets to pick our next president. which means the equivalent of a country the size of france is deciding who the president is of a country the size of us. that little france-sized country gets tons and tons of attention now, to the point where even smallish population centers within this tiny bollous of states get lavish attention from the candidates. they even end up being the subjects of the candidates' flattering word play. >> as i was coming in, i got to meet the principal and the superintendent and i was saying, i stopped on the way down at a diner, had some breakfast, and someone said to me, ohioan said, where you coming from? and i said, dayton. they said, where you going? i said, marion. he said, i read in the paper, you said you love ohio. and that must be true, you've gone from dayton, ohio, to marrying ohio. i said, i never thought of it that way, i didn't think i wa
MSNBC
Oct 14, 2012 2:00pm EDT
the vice president of the united states directly contradicts the testimony, sworn testimony, of state department officials, american citizens have a right to know just what's going on. and we're going to find out. >> we cover it all this morning with our own debate. joining the conversation, virginia's republican governor bob mcdonnell. former democratic governor of michigan jennifer granholm. atlanta's democratic mayor kasim reed. republican strategist alex castellanos. and nbc's tom brokaw. >>> and later, politics, satire, and lots of laughs. i go one-on-one with stephen colbert. in character -- >> i don't really watch the news so much. i come in around 6:30 and i just say the opposite of whatever rachel maddow says the night before. and comedy just helps an idea go down. that's all. and it just makes you listen for a minute. >>> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. it is a critical time in the race for the white house now. over the next eight days, think about it, we'll see the final two debates as polls show mitt romney now imp
MSNBC
Oct 15, 2012 2:00am EDT
united states of america. at a time when people are craving authenticity, i think joe biden delivered for the president. i think he activated the democratic base. and i think you'll see it in this week's numbers. >> governor, what do you think we learned about paul ryan? >> well, let me first say joe biden is authentic. and last week he said two important things to every voter. one, that the middle class has been buried during the last four years. of course, he's been in charge the last four years. number two, that absolutely obama and biden are going to raise your taxes about $2 trillion over the next four years. so what i would say is what we learned about paul ryan is he is thoughtful, he understands the budget better than anybody else, and that the top issue facing the country isn't bain capital, isn't mitt romney's tax returns, it isn't big bird, it's how to get the greatest country on earth out of debt and back to work. and when you look at 23 million americans unemployed, $16 trillion in debt, doubling gas prices, no coherent energy strategy, it's clear to me that the romney-ryan t
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 10:00pm EDT
president of the united states. i aplowed colin for standing with him. >> congratulations john sununu. >> does it take mitt romney off. >> the more courage to stand up and say what they said was wrong. >> of course if he refused to let the media ask you questions you never have to worry about giving them answers. >> proipt will hit the interview circuit today. >> doing a total of ten different interviews. >> saul about targeting young voters there. >> we're down to the turnout operations. >> obama's the one who is working it harder. >> 11 days left. there's 11 days left in this campaign. every move counts right now. >> are you fired up? are you ready to go? >>> with just 11 days until the election, which of course means 12 days until john sununu climbs back into his cave, and with only minutes left in which mitt romney can convince me to vote for him, mitt romney remains silent today about his favorite crazy people. mitt romney hasn't answered a single question about the only senate candidate he has done a campaign ad for. the candidate who said this. >> i think even when life begins
MSNBC
Oct 16, 2012 9:00pm EDT
giving incentives to companies that are investing here in the united states and creating jobs here. it also means we're helping them and small businesses to export all around the world in new markets. number two, we've got to make sure that we have the best education system in the world. and the fact that you're going to college is great, but i want everybody to get a great education. and we've worked hard to make sure that student loans are available for folks like you, but i also want to make sure that community colleges are offering slots for workers to get retrained for the jobs that are out there right now and the jobs of the future. number three, we've got to control our own energy. you know, not only oil and natural gas, which we've been investing in, but also we've got to make sure we're building the energy sources of the future. not just thinking about next year, but 10 years from now, 20 years from now. that's why we've invested in solar and wind and biofuels. we've got to reduce our deficit, but in a balanced way. asking the wealthy to pay a little bit more along with cu
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 5:30am EDT
united states and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. i'll not hesitate to impose new sanctions on iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. i'll restore the permanent presence of air cast carrier task forces in the eastern mediterranean and the gulf. i'll work with israel to increase our military assistance and coordination for the sake of peace we must make clear to iran through actions, not just words, that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. >> despite his criticism that president obama has not slowed iran's nuclear ambition, mr. romney's plan isn't a lot different from that of the presidents. you can see here. the current administration has increased sanctions along with the western rorld and vowed to prevent iran from getting atomic weapons. there are also a few differences between the candidates when it comes to cooperation with israel. and the drawdown of u.s. forces from afghanistan. on the middle east peace process, romney sounded decidedly more optimistic than he did earlier this year during that secretl
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
acquire a nuclear weapon. take a listen. >> i'll put the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. i will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. i'll restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in the eastern mediterranean and the gulf. and i'll work with israel to increase our military assistance and coordination. for the sake of peace, we must make clear to iran through actions, not just words, that their nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. >> richard haass, where do we begin? i feel he was making a false accusation about the present policy that the president is placing on iran and trying to turn the argument around. a policy that quite frankly he was describing the same thing, was he not? that we're already doing? >> with one important exception. when he talks about preventing iran from getting nuclear capabilities, that's slightly different. the president talks about our policy is to prevent iran from getting nuclear w
MSNBC
Oct 23, 2012 5:00am EDT
uranium making a threat to the united states and the world. that's unacceptable for us. it's essential for a president to show strength. >> mr. obama said he has. >> we've put in the toughest, most crippling sanctions ever. >> they do work. you're seeing it in the economy. >> the disagreement i have with governor romney is that during the course of this campaign he's often talked as if we should take premature military action. >> of course military action is the last resort. >> reporter: they touched on economic issues. >> i will get america working. >> reporter: president obama recycling an attack. >> both home and abroad he has proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: their final face to face. the election two weeks ago. again, this race looks tied. both sides agree, nothing, no one single thing is more likely to effect the outcome of this campaign than this debate. in boca raton, florida, i'm steve handlesman, nbc news. lynn, back to you. >>> steve, thanks. nbc's andrea mitchell has been leading our post debate truth squad. last night with brian williams, she zer
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:30am EDT
tipping point in united states, six months before romney's 47% remark. >> before too long we could become a society we were never, ever intended to be. we could become a society where the net majority of americans are takers, not makers. today 70% of americans get more benefit from the federal government in dollar value than they pay back in taxes. you could argue that we're already past that tipping point. the good news is, survey after survey, poll after poll, still shows that we are a center right 70/0 country. 70% of americans want the american dream. they believe the american idea. only 30%en watt their welfare state. what that tells us is at least half of those people currently in that category are there not of their wish or their will. >> ryan's comment were part of the keynote address at a gala dinner hosted by the american spectator. that was in november 201, ten months ago, well before he was considered to be a vice presidential running mate. >>> a pennsylvania judge will let voters go to the polls without photo i.d., upholding a controversial state law that requires iden
MSNBC
Oct 19, 2012 1:00am EDT
then it is time we change presidents and elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. tonight the forecast is that the president will win 287 electoral college votes. ari, the national polls are different on who has what lead by how much. but it is the battleground states. that lead is impressive. and there is a sizable lead in ohio and i'm aware of what you nailed in your rewrite the other night. >> tell me. >> what should these undecided voters have so much power? >> there is a funny thing happening. it is moving to a mobilization model. and what we are seeing now is, and we are seeing mobilization mez sages to the base. they are saying you have to get people excited. we are seeing a bullish attitude. and they don't need to focus as much on persuading. they are kicking into a gotv mode now. >> let's take a look at something put out today. new video with sara silverman which is about getting out the vote. >> in college mitt romney was so poor at harvard he had to sell stocks to get by. did you have to sell stocks to get by in college liz? >> no, i sold plasma in college. >> l
MSNBC
Oct 18, 2012 1:00am EDT
. it's very dangerous. secondly you don't run over the president of the united states. whether that president is a republican or whether that president is a democrat. there are independent voters who believe that a president should be treated with deference because he is the commander in chief. >> joining me now, msnbc alex wagner and chris hayes. there you are in los angeles, joe scarborough thinking you don't run over a female moderator. i think you're probably about four years away from being a female moderator at a presidential debate. >> that is a laughable prospect, lawrence. >> so what is your feeling about that, about this notion that some guys certainly are having that hey, you know, you don't treat candy that way? >> well, i think there's some gender politics that make me a little queasy in that statement, which is to say, female moderators should be treated the same as male moderators at the end of the day. this is not about chivalry, this is about facts. and i think candy crowley did a great job last night, correcting mitt romney when he was way, way off base. but to joe
MSNBC
Oct 18, 2012 9:00am EDT
left on monday. i just think the american people had expected that the president of the united states would be able to describe what he's going to do in the next four years. >> with me now, maryland democratic congressman chris van hollen to joins us on behalf of the obama campaign. congressman, good morning. respond to that critique. because it was also what jumped out at me, it was one question in particular. president's asked by a former 2008 supporter, older gentleman. he sits there and he says, you know what? i'm not as optimistic. and the president talked a lot about things he did in the first term, did not seem to say, okay, what is the second term going to look like. it is more of -- what? >> well, what the president pointed out was that he had inherited the mess that we have may substantial progress since then. president pointed out we'd had 31 consecutive months of positive private sector job growth and he says we need to build on that. the president has submitted to the republican house of lepts two very important pieces of legislation a year ago. one was the jobs initiative whic
MSNBC
Oct 24, 2012 7:00pm EDT
statement. mourdock of course is the republican nominee in the state of indiana for the united states senate. let's take a look we've got a couple guests, u.s. congressman gwen moore from wisconsin, recounted her ideal in this horrible situation and we also have msnbc star, howard fineman. congressman moore, i want to talk to you about your own feelings, attitudes and experiences that might put a light on this thing. candidate for the united states senate in indiana saying if a woman is raped and has a pregnancy she should be forced by law to have that child. if you read the republican platform it basically says criminalizes abortion in any case. go ahead. your thoughts. >> well, i could tell you as a survivor of rape, legitimate rape, whatever kind of rape you want to call it, i caution the women of america to not allow mitt romney and these senators to take over our government. they will totally eviscerate the rights of women to control their own destiny. i could tell you, rape is not rare, and you know, i differ with michael steele and others who say that they have just been inarticulate.
MSNBC
Oct 1, 2012 10:00pm EDT
united states of america. >> let's listen to what george had to say who is always at his best when he's making republicans uncomfortable. in his column he said this is something he would like to hear at the debates. to mitt romney he would like to hear it said you say restriction has never been a characteristic of america. you're kidding, right? is restriction not one purpose of progressive taxation? is not most of what government does, from agriculture subsidies to subsidized student loans to entitlements, the restriction of well the from one cohort or region to another? thank you george will. steve, i've been trying to explain that to mitt romney that every form of taxation is restriction. i, too, would love to hear him called on that one. >> yeah. if we're talking about the whole restriction in this debate tomorrow night, i think it's a symptom of a broader problem for mitt romney and that is we're basically talking about the stuff that he's been talking about to appeal to the republican base. the idea that obama is a restrictioni restrictionist, this is something that has emerged wi
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 3:00am EDT
exact same position of the current president of the united states. this guy named barack obama. romney didn't offer any additional specifics, so it's hard to tell if he has really any disagreement with the president over afghanistan. the same goes for iran. >> i'll put the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. >> if you believe the new mitt romney, he's going to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. president obama says the same thing, but mitt romney doesn't say how had he will prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. he also doesn't tell you who is advising him on all of these matters. one of his foreign policy advisers is john bolten, who never bet a bomb he couldn't launch. he told fox news, the better way to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons is to attack the program directly. oh, boy. another romney adviser, here's a dandy. state department official robert joseph. joseph, you're wondering where do woe know this guy from? he's been calling for an attack on ira
MSNBC
Oct 30, 2012 11:00pm EDT
night with the president of the united states. he called me at midnight last night. he accelerated the major disaster declaration for new jersey without the usual red tape. i can't thank the president enough for that. signed that this morning. so i have to say this. the cooperation has been great with fema here on the ground. and the cooperation from the president of the united states has been outstanding. he deserves great credit. >> mitt romney, on the other hand, cannot run from his declaration about fema during the campaign. >> every time you have an occasion that takes something from the federal government and sends it to the states, that's in the right direction. if you can send it to the private sector that's even better. we should take all of what we're doing and say what are the things we're doing that we don't have to do and that's what we have to stop doing. we're borrowing more this year than we're taking in. we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. it's simply immoral. >> all that we're doing with the federal government is what
MSNBC
Oct 1, 2012 9:00am EDT
united states and i'm telling you, david, come thursday morning, the entire narrative of this race is going to change. >> we'll see if he's right. but what chris christie says is right as predicted if you're mitt romney. donors are nervous, and perhaps in christie's mind his assertion was an atelt to boost the morral of romney's supporters. the bottom line, if christie's aspirations do not come true, romney has bigger problems. people who pay no federal tacks and get government help, were, quote, inarticulate. >> we've had some missteps but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a really clear choice. >> but when ryan was asked by fox's chris wallace whether the media is, quote, carrying water for barack obama, ryan took the bait and ryan wasn't the only one who thinks the media is preparing to game him a raw deal. >> i think it kind of goes without saying there is definitely a media bias. >> i think most media are left of center and therefore they want a left of center versus a conservative president like mom. >> it's going to be ups and downs and w
MSNBC
Oct 26, 2012 1:00am EDT
cast an early ballot for the united states. >> the president voted in chicago a solid blue state of illinois whose 20 votes he will surely win. which is why he spent the rest of today campaigning in the toss up states where tonight he said this. >> i don't know how a guy sits on a stage and you are saying somehow that the people in detroit remember you weren't. the people of ohio remember. i bet on american workers and manufacturing and i do it in this because that always pays off. >> mitt romney also campaigned in ohio tonight where he continued to pretend that the polls are pointing his way. >> we are taking back america and it is coming soon. >> but he is not taking it back. in nevada president obama leads by 50 points and mitt romney is not taking colorado. new ppp robopolling, shows in wisconsin the president leads. in north carolina, president obama and mitt are tied at 48%. so, crystal ball, the romney thing doesn't apply to the sing states where he needs it to apply. well, it doesn't apply in the national polls either. out of those polls the one that has to be the most destr
MSNBC
Oct 21, 2012 12:00pm EDT
the united states and iran have agreed to one-on-one talks or any meeting after the american election. the president has made clear that the president will prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon and we will do what we must to achieve. >> george mcgovern died this morning at the age of 90. we'll have more on his life and legacy later in the show. for more front page politics, i'm joined now by national political reporter for politico david catonese and anne cornbleau. i want to start with the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing the race is now tied at 57%. what does that tell you about how close this election might be on election day? >> it does show that romney has some pull in the national polls at least. but we need to burrow down into these state by state polls, seven to nine states that are really going to decide these elections, the sliver of decided voters is not really big. the national polls are good to look at for overall trends. but florida, virginia, ohio, these are the ones that really matter to determine the electoral outcome. romney is showing an uptick i
MSNBC
Oct 19, 2012 10:00pm EDT
president of the united states. the tampa bay times recommends barack obama. "the denver post" editorial board writes today plf's comments on the 47% were a telling insight into his views and a low point of the campaign. obama on the other hand has shown throughout his term that he is a steady leader who keeps the interests of a broad array of americans in mind. we urge colorado answer to re-elect him to a second term. and in utah today, through a pair of presidential debates, romney's domestic agenda remains be rest of detail and worthy of mistrust. therefore our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds has guided the country through catastrophe set a course that while rocky is pointing toward a brighter day. obama has a 66.9 chance of winning and president obama will win 287 elect oral college votes and mitt romney will within 251. krystal ball, they take the convention to tampa, the local endorsement endorses obama. that very same newspaper comes out and says president obama should be re-elected. and then gou to utah. you would presume a strongh
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 1:00pm EDT
across the political divide in the united states who follow the issue closely that the central bank sanctions are the ones that had the real bite. the administration resisted efforts in congress repeatedly to get sanctions in place. you can cite, as they often do the economic implications. it's not clear to me why there were economic implications in 2009-2010 but not in # 2011-2012 but they said it would under mine the diplomatic strategy reaching out to the ayotollah, unconditionally trying to get unconditional talks. they were silent when there was a genuine protest movement in iran that would have put political pressure on the regime. all the moments whether it was economic or political pressure in 2009 and 2010 the administration did nothing because they believed there was a direct deal they could get done with the regime. it failed. it didn't ha. it is important that today we have sanctions in place that are having an impact. we are simply saying imagine if those sanctions and the political pressure that could be waged had been put in place earlier on. to say things are going f
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 1:00am EDT
% of the people of the united states paying no taxes. federal income tax. is there any way that this 47% can pay a nominal fee or something so they feel that they have small ownership in the government and maybe they won't take all the handouts so readily. >> i've got an idea. let's help them get jobs so they can get a good paycheck so then they're good taxpayers. this is the point that mitt and i have been trying to make. and sometimes the point doesn't get made the right way. we don't want a stagnant economy that fosters dependency. >> sometimes the point doesn't get made the right way. jonathan, he sure didn't make it the right way. he says about the 47%, let's help them get jobs. so he thinks the 85-year-old widow who does not pay federal income tax needs to get a job. this was a chance for him to reach out, identify that 47%, and show that he knows what they are struggling with, including making their own pay roll taxes that the people with jobs have to pay that are very significant things taken out of their paycheck. no understanding whatsoever of the 47% demonstrated by paul r
MSNBC
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am EDT
president of the united states, there are two things you don't do in debates. one, you don't run over a female moderator. stylistically you don't. it's very dangerous. jim lehrer, fine. you can get out a knife and have a knife fight with jim lehrer. but you don't do that with a female moderator. it's problematic. secondly, you don't run over the president of the united states. whether that president's a republican or whether that president is a democrat. there are independent voters who believe that a president should be treated with deference because he is the commander in chief. >> and you do it carefully. >> more in sadness than in anger. >> with all due respect. with all due respect. >> and the mitt romney that we saw yesterday was the mitt romney who was very successful in cutting off newt gingrich and rick perry and herman cain when the stakes were far lower, and it took him about 20 minutes to figure out that he just couldn't be that much of a bulldozer. >> yeah. well, when he said that thing to the president at one point, "you'll get your turn." that was an incredibly kin
MSNBC
Oct 19, 2012 3:00am EDT
talk radio in north carolina. >> what is it like for you to hear the president of the united states call your dad a liar? how do you react to that? >> well, jump out of your seat, you want to race down the debate stage and take a swing at him. you know you can't do that, first, because there's a lot of secret service between you and him, but also because this is the nature of the process. >> nature of the process to feel that way. tagg romney's brother, josh, laughed off the remark when asked about it on "the view." >> do you want to slug president obama like your brother said he did? >> that brother has slugged me a couple times. i'm sure president obama has nothing to worry about. i think that's something he was saying off the cuff. i'm sure he didn't mean it. >> the romney campaign made light of tagg romney's comment. andrea saul told "the new york times" he was joking about how frustrating this process can be for the family. oh, they're inconvenience on the campaign trail, aren't they? we've heard nothing from tagg romney. he has no apologies just like his dad. tagg romney is a not a
MSNBC
Oct 1, 2012 1:00pm EDT
strikes by the government and he said, if the world, if the united states would just give -- would create a no-fly zone or allow the rebels to have rockets, he said that the war here that's claimed so many lives and killed so -- and caused so many people to be on the run, would end in two days, andrea? >> and ann, one of the people -- one of the refugees whom you spoke to, was a displaced woman named hoda. talk to me about her. it was a commelling interview -- compelling interview. >> she's one of about a million people who are basically living on the run inside syria, about half of them according to the united nations children, and she's living in a tent. she had just arrived that day. she arrived because her son was hurt in an aerial strike. he was wounded on his head and also in his leg. he had gotten some hospital care, but he was recovering in this tent and she was very upset. she was crying and saying, you know, essentially to the pilot of the plane, do you not have children? you know, and to president bashar assad, do you not -- do you want to see your children suffering in the way
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
time gets on the same stage with the president of the united states and people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future. and wednesday night is the restart of this campaign and i think you'll see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. >> how do you restart a campaign, governor, at that last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people? why isn't it too late to believe that after you announce your running mate, after you have your own convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you'll have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also for the first time you're going to have them be able to make a direct side-by-side comparison. remember, at the end of the day, campaigns are about the candidates. and they're going to be able to see the two candidates next to each other, debating each other, and governor romney i know will do a great job on wednesday night laying out his vision for america's future and making the
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Oct 22, 2012 10:30pm EDT
your vote. i'd like to be the next president of the united states to help support and help this great nation and make sure that we together maintain america ags the hope of the earth. thank you so much. >> gentlemen, thank you both so much. that brings an end to this year's debates and we want to thank lynn university and its students for having us. i'll leave you with the words of my mom who said, go vote. it makes you feel big and strong. >> that's great. >> thank you bob. >> the third and final presidential debate wrapping up tonight in boca raton, florida. at the end, in the last 15 to 20 minutes, it veered widely out of its lane and on to a few metaphorical front lawns but it had up until that point made its way in an orderly fashion, matters facing the national, china, currency manipulation, libya, first extended discussion we've had in any debate thus far including the vice presidential debate about treating the american veterans when they come home from fighting these long wars, long discussions of iran, syria, egypt and afghanistan. serious news tonight on afghanistan,
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Oct 23, 2012 5:30am EDT
, governor romney agreed the united states should focus on crippling sanctions and consider military action only as a last resort. >> we need to increase pressure time and time again on iran because anything other than a solution to this which says -- which stops this nuclear folly of theirs is unacceptable to america. of course a military action is the last resort. it's something one would only -- only consider if all of the other avenues had been tried to their full extent. >> i'm glad governor romney agrees with the steps we're taking. there have been times, governor, frankly during the course of this campaign where it sounded like you thought that you'd do the same thing as we did, but you'd say them louder and somehow that would make a difference. it turns out the work involved in setting up these crippling sanctions is painstaking. it's meticulous. >> when asked at the debate, president obama shot down the "new york times" report over the weekend that said the obama administration agreed on bilateral talks with iran. in ohio it was no surprise that both candidates dug in their heels w
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Oct 14, 2012 10:00am EDT
numbers out of political partisanship or when the current president of the united states of america is still questioned despite the hard-and-fast evidence of his long form birth certificate, then we know we are engaging in post truth politics. even when we fact check one another, we still do not believe the evidence. not that we shall not be beholden to fact checkers reins supreme. robust debate is reduced to discussion about what counts as real, credible or verifiable. vice president biden delivered it directly on thursday. >> look, folks, use your common sense. who do you trust on this? a man who introduced a bill to raise it $6400 a year knowing it and passing it and romney saying he signed it or me and the president? >> that's what it boils down to. not whose policies are best. but who do you think is telling the truth? after the first presidential debate last week, many fact checkers worked overtime trying to untangle many of governor romney's statements. but perhaps the efforts were in vein as conservative king maker, karl rove pointed out alleging that romney is a serial dece
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Oct 26, 2012 2:00pm EDT
everything that's gone on economically in the united states in the past four wears is a product of administration policies which will change if that administration gets change. >> part of what governor romney had to say regarding gdp, slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take home pay. this is what four years of president obama's policy has produced. americans are ready for change. what do you make of that? mitt romney says he's the agent of change. the president says the policies that are being outlined by republicans not change it's just bush. >> yeah. i think governor romney's political strategy is failing. it's failing in the key states that he has to win and here's why. for the first time really in years americans perception of is this year better than last year has gone up. and mitt romney wants to paint a picture of gloom and doom like you heard my republican colleague try to paint and the problem is you have governor kasich, republican governor in ohio saying ohio is back, ohio has recovered. at the same time ohio voters are hearing that message they are
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Oct 4, 2012 12:00pm EDT
repeal obama care. if i'm president of the united states i will repeal obama care for a lot of reasons. >> last night, much of obama care didn't actually seem all that bad. >> let's let the governor explain what you would do if obama care is repealed. how would you replace it? >> actually it's a lengthy description but, number one, preexisting conditions are covered under my plan. number two, young people are able to stay on their family plan. >> what a machine, the etch a sketch. but one question for governor romney -- h how do you draw battle lines if they're all going to be dotted? where do you stand? >> i can't figure it out. >> well, you know walls of obfuscation, my friend. the question is, can romney make this pivot, which seem to be towards the center at this point in the game, and win over independent voters? >> look, there are very few really big moments in campaign. last night was one of those moments. there are a lot of people who have not been watching as much tape as your producers apparently have. give romney his due. he had a very compelling night. he crisply de
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Oct 22, 2012 1:00pm EDT
of the united states. change means the other guy. >> there are other numbers in this poll, chris and chuck. when we look at the real story of the next two weeks, it will be turnout. turnout motivated by ground organizations, motivated by rallies. you'll have the president and vice president in dayton, ohio, ohio, ohio, ohio, tomorrow, and back to nevada, colorado, all of these states are going to be visited multiple times by the principals. they think with the big rallies, madison, wisconsin was a case in point where they could register and get people to vote. at the same time, you've got hispanics, a huge margin for the president. women, a declining margin for the president. white men for mitt romney. he's got to widen again that gender gap, the female gap, and he's got to turn out -- >> right now, our poll shows that romney's winning the macro argument. he's winning the macro economic argument, he's winning on those things. the president is in this game and if he wins re-election it's because he's winning the microarguments, who's better, who's going to better look out for you if i
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Oct 22, 2012 8:00pm EDT
one tradition, which is when the united states had the catastrophe like on 9/11 and everyone went in it together. nobody jumped around and said who left the door open. it went on of a public tep tans of a acceptance to hang together. romney jumps on the president. no sense we're in this together. or wait until we find out what happened before we cross swords. in terms of political tactics we have lost that wonderful con sen sis. after a crisis or a tragedy, let's hang together for a few days and weeks before we cross swords again. he's given up on that idea of bipartisanship in spirit. in terms of foreign policy, i believe there's an opening distance between these two men. in bringing back most of the people like john bolden and many of these people and working for him in the campaign, he's reminded us of the thinking that the people around him were able to instill with george bush back then in the days of 9/11. so there's a real choice. a choice between obama's rejoining of the world community in trying to bring down terrorism and the old cowboy spirit of the united states against t
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Oct 26, 2012 2:00am EDT
united states are women, and -- so they're paying out of pocket as they go along, they don't have enough money to set aside for their retirement. they are very reliant on social security and certainly medicare. they don't have $6,000 a year extra that it will cost if romney and ryan get their hands on medicare. and by the way, if romney and ryan get their hands on medicaid, half of medicaid dollars go to support nursing homes in this country. thousands of -- >> and a lot of people impoverished themselves to get their parents into these homes. there's no long-term care under medicare, only medicaid. why are you smiling? >> mitt romney doesn't know where he stands on the lilly ledbetter act on fair pay. >> i'll get back to you on that one. alex wagner, thank you. for laughing at just the right time. and terry o'neill. >>> the surge, what surge? we said it yesterday, romney gained after the first debate, but the idea of a relentless romney surge isn't supported by the numbers. we have the numbers to prove it. >>> and here comes the cavalry. bubba is riding in to save the day. he alre
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
of the united states sleep walking. >> mike, i don't think -- >> let me finish. the tired contrast rang a bell. romney has ideas, and the president has no vision for his second term. and i think that's what hurt him. >> mike, i don't doubt this was someone they had never seen before. i think there were people in the romney campaign who had never seen this candidate. a week ago paul ryan was asked to explain the math of a $4.8 trillion tax cut. and he said i don't have time. mitt romney said we just don't do math. like math doesn't exist. let me finish. you simply cannot wish away the existence of your entire campaign platform. as inconvenient as it may be when somebody says to you, ok, if you're going to reduce revenue by $4. trillion, you're not going to tell us one loophole you'd close, you're not going to run up the deficit or taxes on the middle class. >> very quickly -- >> no, no. it goes back to bill clinton. >> there was a story out yesterday that that claim is fiction because you don't count the loophole closing. >> what loophole? >> he talked about mortgage interest. reall
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Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm EDT
agreement. in fact, the president of the united states has signed three new trade agreements. deit last year with bipartisan support from congress. the new mitt romney hopes you forgot about those trade agreements. just like he hopes you forgot about his own position on foreign aid. >> i'll make further reforms no our foreign assistance to create sentence for good governance, free enterprise and free trade. in the middle east and beyond. rally friends to match our generosity to theirs. >> previously mitt romney took his cues from foreign aid from rick perry. >> one of the things we have to do with our foreign aid commitments, the ongoing foreign aid commitments, i agree with governor perry. start everything at zero. >> another strategy is to keep things deliberately vague. this week marks the 11th year for the war in afghanistan. the new mitt romney finally has a position on the war. >> in afghanistan, i'll pursue a real and successful transition to afghan security forces by the end of 2014. >> that just happens to be the exact same position of the current president of the united states
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Oct 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
and pretend he's the president of the united states when he's not. president obama canceled campaign events, and then governor romney -- this is a statement about what you do as president. that's why this storm is an important issue. you have to be president of all the american people and not president of new jersey and virginia because they have republican governors. why didn't mitt romney bother to call the other three? maybe because he has a record where he said back in the defwat last year when he was running trying to be severely conservatively that he would cut fema funding and send it back to the states and privatize it. this is why it's so important, because it illustrates the importance of government and illustrates the two fundamentally two different choices of the two candidates running for the highest office in land. >> chip, i think we have that sound from the debate. at the time governor romney was asked whether or not with fema and its financial problems if he would cut fema or eliminate fema, and he said it would be up to the states. chuck todd pointed out in a state
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Oct 23, 2012 2:30am EDT
presidential debate. >> if i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states, we will stand with israel. if israel is attacked we have their back not just diplomatically but militarily. >>> america remains the one indispensable nation and the world need a strong america, and it's stronger now than when i came into office. >> we're back from boca raton. the third and final presidential debate is over. let's listen from the spin room. >> david, who wrote the horses and bayonets line. the line of the night. >> the president comes up with the best lines. >> that's the official spin. i said i looked for memorable lines. that's the line people at work are easily going to be able to remember. do you think it's more than just a quip? >> i do. governor romney wants to spend more than $2 trillion than the generals want. i think that illustrated a point and he talks about our navy and our capabilities as if it is the last century. i think for someone who has auditioned to be commander in chief that ought to frighten people because he doesn't have a grasp this is about capabi
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